The LPGA major championship ANA Inspiration Tournament will be played in Rancho Mirage one final time next year but will relocate in 2023 to the Houston area, it was announced Tuesday.
According to event organizers, the Chevron Corp. will be the new title sponsor of the tournament, which will be dubbed the Chevron Championship as a part of a six-year partnership.
The 2022 Chevron championship will take place at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage from March 31-April 3 before moving in 2023.
A specific reason for the move was not disclosed.
“We do not make the move lightly,” said Mollie Marcoux Samaan, LPGA commissioner. “Since David Foster and Dinah Shore created this competition in 1972, it has held a special place in the hearts of our players and fans around the world. No matter where it is held, Dinah and her influence, along with the history built at Mission Hills, will be an integral part of The Chevron Championship.”
Chevron will increase the prize pool for the 2022 championship to $5 million, a 60% increase.
“Chevron is proud to become the title sponsor of this great championship, which brings together some of the most talented athletes in the world,” said Michael Wirth, chairman and CEO of Chevron. “We look forward to partnering with the LPGA and IMG to further champion women in sports, the workplace and society.”